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Introduced in the first film


    Scuttle The Seagull
Voiced by: Buddy Hackett (1st and 2nd films), Maurice LaMarche (TV series), Chris Edgerly (Walt Disney Parks and Resorts)

Scuttle is a seagull and friend of Ariel, as well as a major supporting character. He appears in the film as an expert on human objects with whom Ariel consults about items she salvages, though his identifications consist of nonsense.

  • The Cameo: Makes a silent appearance in the prequel.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Biggest one in the film.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When he stalls the wedding to buy Ariel some time in the first film. He also destroys Ursula's amulet, granting Ariel back her voice and breaking Eric from her spell.
  • Demoted to Extra: He makes only two appearances in the TV series, and a brief cameo in the prequel.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: In the first film, when he meets up with Ariel after she became human.
  • Epic Fail: His attempts to serenade Ariel and Eric during "Kiss The Girl".
  • Feather Fingers: Notable in that the fish characters avert the "fish can walk on their tailfins" subtrope until the "Under the Sea" number, where it looks awkward. Scuttle doesn't exactly avoid the Trope Namer either.
  • Freudian Trio: The Id (an impulsive Cloudcuckoolander) to Flounder's Ego (more rational than Scuttle but more laid back than Sebastian) and Sebastian's Superego (overly strict and logical).
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Scuttle bears a strong resemblance to his voice actor, the late Buddy Hackett.
  • Interspecies Friendship: His buds include Ariel (mermaid), Sebastian (crab), and Flounder (fish)note . In the sequel, he also has a close friendship with Melody (the first mer-human).
  • The Klutz: Scuttle seems to have a habit of occasionally running into things while flying.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: His knowledge about human things is anything but accurate. He claims that a fork is a thing for styling hair, a (smoking) pipe is a musical instrument, and also uses a telescope backwards. This gets lampshaded later on in the film when he's trying to warn Sebastian about something. Sebastian is understandably skeptical, and Scuttle shouts "Have I ever been wrong? I mean, when it's important?"
  • Leitmotif: His playful theme can be heard at the beginning of "Wedding Announcement" and was rewritten as "Beyond My Wildest Dreams" in the Broadway Show.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his eccentricities, he's a good friend to Ariel.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Most of his mannerisms were based on Buddy Hackett.
  • No Indoor Voice: His default volume seems to be screaming.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: As the resident Wacky Guy.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: From the first film, "The prince! Is marrying! The sea witch! In disguise!"
  • Shipper on Deck: For Ariel/Eric. He helps Sebastian and Flounder to get Eric to fall in love with Ariel.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: About knowledge of human life.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: "You've got an aesthetically pleasing configuration of hair that humans go nuts over."
  • Spanner in the Works: In the first film, he is the entire reason Ursula's Evil Plan falls apart. Not only is he the one who catches Ursula gloating within her "Vanessa" disguise and warns Ariel she has been duped, he rounds up an army of sea life to stall the wedding and personally destroys her amulet to free Eric and enable his Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Toothy Bird: Scuttle is depicted with teeth.

Introduced in the TV series

    Stormy The Seahorse

Stormy is an ornery seahorse stallion.

    Spot, The Baby Orca
Voiced by: Frank Welker

Spot is a killer whale calf whom Ariel adopted and secretly raised in the palace.

    Simon the Sea Monster
Voiced by: Brian Cummings

Simon is a sea dragon from The Little Mermaid series that Ariel and Flounder befriend.

  • Adorkable: Cements this trope with his huge size, kind heart, and desire to have friends.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: For whatever reason, Simon was imprisoned in a cave and spent an unknown amount of time writing letters in a bottle to look for a friend.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The reason he was sending bottles is because he wanted someone to answer and come save him.
  • Nice Guy: He's a really sweet guy.

Introduced in the second film

    Tip and Dash
Voiced by: Max Casella (Tip) and Stephan Furst (Dash)

Tip and Dash are the two main supporting characters from The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. Tip, a penguin, and Dash, a walrus, are two best friends who dream of becoming heroes.

In General
  • Adorkable: When they try to act like heroes.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Justified since in their first scene the duo's cowardly nature almost got Tip's family killed by a shark.
  • Big Damn Heroes: They try, and succeed, to be this for Melody.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Dash and Tip, respectively.
  • Cowardly Lion: Become this in the rising climax.
  • Cowardly Sidekick: Dash is the "sidekick" to Tip and is equally as cowardly as Tip. However, both of them are this to Melody.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When they try to manipulate Undertow by taunting him so they can save Melody. It worked.
  • Fat and Skinny: Dash is the Fat (a huge walrus) and Tip is the Skinny (a small penguin).
  • Freudian Trio: Tip is the Superego (loud, but on point most of the time) and Dash is the Id (the most emotional of them) to Melody's Ego (balances her headstrong nature with her maturity).
  • Heroic Wannabe: They want to be heroes but will cower in any real danger.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: They are each other's best friend and (presumably) only family.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Their dream is to be heroes, but they're not exactly good at it until Melody is in danger...
  • Interspecies Friendship: Tip is a penguin and Dash is a walrus, and they have been friends and "heroes" for a long time. They later gain a friendship with Melody (the first mer-human).
  • Leitmotif: A short instrumental of "Titanic Tip and Daring Dash".
  • Lovable Coward: They may have ran away scared at the beginning, but they manage to control their fear for Melody's sake.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Become this when they go to rescue Melody.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tip is the Red to Dash's Blue. And vice versa with Dash.
  • Those Two Guys: They always hang out together as a duo.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The duo manage to face their fears so they can help Melody. They inadvertently managed to take down a shark!
  • Undying Loyalty: To each other and Melody.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sometimes they insult each other, but they'll always be there for each other and their friend, Melody.

Tropes applying to Tip

Tropes applying to Dash

  • Fat Best Friend: Dash, the giant walrus, is this Tip.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Implied with Dash. He is a walrus who lives with a colony of penguins. His walrus family has not been seen or heard of.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Dash has these which hint at his adventurous nature.
  • Nice Guy: Dash is more sweet, patient, and polite than his friend and partner Tip.
  • Sidekick: Dash is the "sidekick" in his "dynamic duo" with Tip.
  • Warm-Hearted Walrus: Dash is a kindhearted walrus.

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